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Tuesday 7th February 2023

Kooth’s free online service is anonymous and accessible at any time through any internet enabled device.

Over 70 young people with family members in the military have already accessed the service at since the launch of a two-year pilot in August 2022. All (100%) say they would recommend it to a friend.

How Kooth provides support

Defence’s partnership with Kooth opens its support to anyone aged 11 to 18 who has a family member in Regular or Reserve Service, whether they are in the UK or abroad; and extends the support to young people with parents who work overseas for the MOD or for Other Government Departments.

Once registered, users can connect with an online community of peers and read pre-moderated magazine articles on a range of mental health and wellbeing subjects. They can also access an interactive hub for daily wellbeing challenges, write a personal online journal and engage with a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited counsellor through chat messaging.

Kooth is the only digital mental health provider to offer one-to-one professional counselling and therapeutic self-help activities and peer-to-peer support; and to hold a UK-wide accreditation from BACP. All content on the online space is pre-moderated to ensure users’ protection. When necessary, the service can also direct individuals to other types of support, including clinical services.

How to access Kooth

You can find out about Kooth’s service using Defence’s dedicated URL:

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